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1:45 PM ET, April 2, 2020

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Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
WHCA board votes to remove One America News from the rotation for WH briefing room seats for violating social distancing rules, citing public safety  —  President Trump has made contentious exchanges with reporters a feature of his daily coronavirus briefings, often using personal invective …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WaPo, NYT, CNBC, and others have stopped sending reporters to Trump's daily COVID-19 briefings, concerned about health risks and the lack of new information  —  There have been a lot more empty seats at President Trump's daily press briefings — but no, news organizations aren't boycotting …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Google will begin letting some advertisers run COVID-19 related ads, prioritizing government entities, hospitals, and others working directly on the issue  —  Democrats had criticized Google for refusing to run attack ads targeting Trump's coronavirus response.
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Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Acorn TV, AMC's streaming service with UK content, to launch in the UK on April 29 with a 30-day free trial, after which it will cost £4.99/month or £49.99/year  —  Bringing British TV to Britain for £4.99 per month  —  AMC Networks said it is launching Acorn TV …
Discussion: The Streamable and Variety
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
WSJ and Barron's are guaranteeing a 70% recall rate, a measure of ad effectiveness, on print ads in the next 2 months, or they'll run the same size ad for free  —  Program addresses brands' hardship in light of coronavirus  —  Key insights:  —  As brands shift ad spends due to the coronavirus …
Discussion: @ksandler1
Alexios Mantzarlis / The Keyword:
Google's GNI to provide $6.5M to fact-checkers and nonprofits like First Draft and PolitiFact and make more local Google Trends data available to journalists  —  Health authorities have warned that an overabundance of information can make it harder for people to obtain reliable guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple now lets some video streaming apps, like Amazon Prime Video, use their own payment methods for in-app purchases on Apple devices, avoiding Apple's 30% cut  —  Apple Inc. has relaxed a controversial policy that took a 30% cut of payments when video apps on its platform sold TV shows and movies.
Alexander Cornwell / Reuters:
Streaming service provider OSN signs an exclusive agreement with Disney to distribute Disney+ in the Middle East and North Africa from April 9 for $9.50/month  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) Disney+ content will be available for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook and Fox News to host a virtual town hall Thursday on the pandemic using Facebook's Portal devices; Facebook is shipping a Portal Plus to each attendee  —  Facebook is shipping a Portal Plus to every attendee  —  Facebook and Fox News will be hosting a virtual town hall tomorrow …
Discussion: Business Wire and Fox News
Los Angeles Times:
After a seven-year stalemate, the LA Dodgers' TV home, SportsNet LA, will now air on AT&T platforms including DirecTV, AT&T TV, U-Verse TV, and AT&T Now  —  If there's a baseball season in 2020, many more Dodgers fans across the region will finally be able to watch their team from home.
 
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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Boston.com, the free news site owned by The Boston Globe, launches Boston Helps, connecting people in need during the pandemic with those able to help
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Sources: YouTube is planning to release Shorts, a rival to TikTok inside YouTube's main app, by the end of the year
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Former Hulu chief Jason Kilar is named CEO of WarnerMedia, giving him oversight of Warner Bros., HBO, the Turner cable assets, and HBO Max
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says the company has set aside $500M for pay and benefits of employees whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK newspaper publishers call on advertisers to rethink the addition of coronavirus-related words to ad blacklists, as they face a digital revenue loss of £50M
Sara Fischer / Axios:
McClatchy says it will put its paywall back up around some coronavirus news to balance its duty to keep people informed with its need to increase subscriptions